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Drawing - Hull of the Dutch ship Geloof; from ahead, port side
  • Hull of the Dutch ship Geloof
    van de Velde, Willem
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Hull of the Dutch ship Geloof; from ahead, port side

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (probably, made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    van de Velde, Willem (the Elder), born 1611 - died 1693 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset retouched with graphite and grey wash.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 119

Physical description

The Geloof, Amsterdam, was built in 1661(?), with 76 guns; it was last mentioned in 1674. There is another, probably less accurate drawing of the ship from the same viewpoint by the younger van de Velde, dated 1661, in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Both drawings are of the same size, and there appears to be some unexplained connection between the two. The ship also appears in one of the drawings by the elder van de Velde of the Four Days’ Battle (June 1666), in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (probably, made)


17th century (made)


van de Velde, Willem (the Elder), born 1611 - died 1693 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Offset retouched with graphite and grey wash.

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed at lower left corner, in graphite, geloof / [? lang] 140 voet / [? breedt] 40 voet; and at lower right, in brown ink (with the museum’s inv. no.), 4670.


Height: 322 mm, Width: 570 mm

Object history note

Gérard Leembruggen Jzn (1801–65), Hillegom, his sale, Amsterdam, Roos, Engelberts …, 5–8 March 1866, lot 686 (?): ‘willem van de velde. Vaisseaux de guerre de différentes dimensions, des chaloupes et autres navires. 61 dessins’ (to ‘Lamme’ reputedly on behalf of Locker-Lampson for 630 fl.[the equivalent of £57. 4s. 0d.]); Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821–95), London; from whom purchased (as part of a group of 61 drawings [inv. nos. 4651–4710 and 4696A] by the elder and younger Willem van de Velde) by the museum (L. 1958),10 May 1866 for £57. 4s. 0d.

Descriptive line

Drawing 'Hull of the Dutch Ship Geloof; From Ahead, Port Side', Willem van de Velde [the elder], Flemish School, 17th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jane Shoaf Turner and Christopher White, Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, vol. I, Cat. 234, illus. p.263.


Paper; Graphite; Grey wash






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